| Syazwani Hj Rosli & Wani Roslan |
IT WAS truly an amazing experience for a total of six students of Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Secondary School (SMPAPHRSB) in Lumut who had recently undertaken a four-day-and-three-night stay at the Kuala Belalong Field Study Centre (KBFSC) located within the Ulu Temburong National Park.
At the beginning of their journey, assisted by three teachers, the group enthusiastically headed off to Temburong in a speedboat which took them 45 minutes to reach and were then transferred by bus to Batang Duri before they hopped onto the ‘temuai’ (long boat) that brought them to KBFSC.
Upon their arrival, they were greeted by the staff members of KBFSC who later briefed them on the background of KBFSC and the rainforest.
Throughout their visit, the group had the opportunity to enjoy the canopy walk which was the ultimate highlight of the visit as it offers an engaging ‘bird’s eye’ view of the nature as it meanders through the treetops offering panoramic views of the forest.
After the spectacular experience, the students then engaged themselves in various fun outdoor activities which allowed them to learn outside the classroom and provided opportunities for them to gain field research experiences and appreciate the naturally-occurring phenomena.
The third day was equally enjoyable for most of the group members as they spent half a day engaging themselves in stream activities where they divided themselves into three groups and did their own mini ‘assignments’ which they presented later that night.
The field trip was extremely productive for both the students and their teachers. The students gained valuable insights from the activities.
Among the objectives of the visit were to allow students and their teachers a chance to interact more and strengthen their relationship as well as to allow the students to capitalise on the unique learning environment in a more enjoyable way.